Jones Takes 2nd In Long Jump; Katnik & Ponzio Grab 2nd & 3rd in Shot Put at Pac-12 T&F Championships|
May 13, 2017
Nick Ponzio and Matthew Katnik finished second and third in the men's shot put and Margaux Jones took second in the women's long jump to highlight USC's action during the first day of the 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (May 13). In addition, USC had 10 men and the 4x100m relay and 18 women and the 4x100m relay advance to finals tomorrow. After 15 completed events of the Pac-12 Championships (9 men's and 6 women's), the USC men's team is in fourth place with 34.5 points and the women's team is tied for fifth with 24 points. There will be 12 men's and 15 women's finals tomorrow during the last day of the championships. Much of the day's action was contested in a light drizzle or rain with the temperature remaining between 50-55 degrees before an announced crowd of 5,002.
David Sellens got the day started for the Trojans competing in the men's hammer throw. He moved from 11th to 8th on his third throw with a mark of 187-5 (57.12m) to advance to the finals. After a foul in his first throw of the finals he was in ninth place. He remained there as he picked up fouls in his final two throws.
USC's 4x100m relay team of Marquis Morris, Alexander Barnum, Christian Sourapas and T.J. Brock won its heat and posted the fastest qualifying time of 39.31 to advance to the final tomorrow. The time also matched USC's top time this season.
USC's women's 4x100m relay team of Dior Hall, Ky Westbrook, Destinee Brown and Deanna Hill won the first heat with a time of 43.85, .01 seconds off its season best. USC was the second-fastest qualifier, .01 second behind Oregon which won the second heat.
Chloe Berry was in the first heat of the women's 1500m and she ran 4:37.13 to place 10th and finished 19th overall. Amber Gore was in the second heat and she had a time of 4:45.67 to finish 10th, 20th overall.
Eric Sloan placed third in the men's long jump with a best leap of 25-2.50/7.68m (+2.3w) and Dominic Smallwood was fourth with a best jump of 24-5.50/7.45 (+1.3). Together the pair earned USC 11 points in the team competition. Jadon Joyner had a best jump of 21-10.25/6.66 (+2.5w) to finish 14th in the event.
Marquis Morris won his 110m hurdles heat and was second overall among qualifiers with a time of 13.72 (+2.0) to advance to tomorrow's final.
All four Trojans qualified for tomorrow's final in the women's 100m hurdles as Dior Hill won her heat with a time of 13.26 (+0.6) and Anna Cockrell won her heat with a time of 13.11 (+2.7w). Mecca McGlaston was third in her heat with a time of 13.46 (+2.4w), the top non-automatic qualifier, and Lyndsey Lopes was second in her heat with a time of 13.88 (+0.6) to also automatically advance.
Nick Ponzio took the lead in the fifth round of the men's shot put with a mark of 62-10.00 (19.15m) and then stretched it out to a season-best of 63-10.50 (19.47m) in his final attempt, but California's Peter Simon answered with a PR of 64-9.14 (19.74m) on the final throw of the competition to take the title. Ponzio earned USC eight points for second and Matthew Katnik another six with a third-place finish with a best mark of 61-8.25 (18.80m). Ponzio narrowly missed on becoming USC's first shot put conference champion since Noah Bryant won in 2006 and 2007.
Michael Gonzalez tied for sixth in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 15-11.75 (4.87m). He was perfect through the first three heights of 15-0, 15-5.75 and 15-11.75, but missed all three attempts at 16-3.50 (4.97m). Gonzalez earned USC 2.5 points in the team competition.
Both Michael Norman and Ricky Morgan Jr. easily advanced to tomorrow's men's 400m final. First Norman took second in his 400m heat with a time of 47.05 to automatically advance, then Morgan Jr. won the final heat with a time of 47.68 to advance.
Then Kendall Ellis (53.16) and Cameron Pettigrew (53.51) won their women's 400m prelim heats to automatically advance to the final. Kyra Constantine had a time of 54.00 to take second in Ellis' heat to also automatically advance. Kayla Richardson had a time of 55.51 to finish seventh in her heat and finish 16th overall. Ellis was second, Pettigrew third and Constantine fifth among the qualifiers.
USC qualified four athletes for the men's 100m final in T.J. Brock, Christian Sourapas, Just'N Thymes and Alexander Barnum. Brock won the second heat with a time of 10.37 (+1.5) which was the second-fastest qualifier. Sourapas took second in his heat with a time of 10.39 (+1.4) and was the third-fastest qualifier. Just'N Thymes won his heat with a time of 10.43 (+1.4) which was fifth among the qualifiers. Barnum had a time of 10.47 (+1.5) to take second in his heat and finish seventh among the qualifiers.
USC also advanced four women to the 100m final. Deanna Hill had a time of 11.18 (+2.4w) to take second in her heat by .001 and finish fourth among the qualifiers. Zaria Francis qualified sixth at 11.60 (+1.9), Ky Westbrook qualified seventh at 11.63 (+2.4w) and Destinee Brown was the final qualifier at 11.66 (+1.9).
Robert Ford won his 800m preliminary heat with a time of 1:50.92, the second-fastest qualifying time. Alex Rohani was fourth in his heat and 13th overall after getting boxed in a little on the final lap to finish with a time of 1:52.82. Joshua Zavala finished 16th overall with a time of 1:56.30.
Mikaela Smith was second in her women's 800m heat and advanced seventh overall to the final with a time of 2:08.61 today. Lorea Ibarzabal had a time of 2:14.36 to place fifth in her heat and 20th overall.
Amalie Iuel (58.89) and Anna Cockrell (58.97) won their women's 400m hurdles heats to advance to the finals tomorrow with the second and third-fastest qualifying times. Mecca McGlaston was fourth in the second heat with a PR of 61.28 and grabbed the final qualifying spot by .02 seconds.
Randall Cunningham entered the men's high jump competition at 6-8.75 (2.05m) and cleared it and 6-10.25 (2.09m) on his first attempt. He then had a miss at 6-11.50 (2.12m) before clearing it which dropped him into third place. He would finish third and earn USC six points as he and the four remaining competitors all missed at 7-0.50 (2.15m).
Christian Sourapas won his men's 200m heat with a time of 20.94 (+2.0) to advance to the finals with the third-fastest time. Ricky Morgan was second in the third heat of the men's 200m with a time of 21.06 (+0.3) to also automatically advance to the final with the sixth-fastest time overall. Alexander Barnum was third in the third heat and 11th overall with a time of 21.52 and Just'N Thymes was fourth in the same heat and 12th overall with a time of 21.54.
USC had three women advance to the 200m final as Deanna Hill had a time of 22.89 (+1.8) to qualify third, Kendall Ellis a time of 22.91 (+1.4) to qualify fourth and Cameron Pettigrew a PR of 23.24 (+0.2) to qualify seventh. Destinee Brown had a time of 23.95 (+1.8) to finish ninth, Ky Westbrook a time of 24.00 (+1.4) to finish 10th and Dior Hall a time of 24.10 (+0.8) to finish 14th.
Brittany Mann placed fifth in the women's shot put with a best mark of 53-3 (16.23m) and Tanya Sapa finished sixth with a throw of 51-11.75 (15.84m). Together they earned the USC women's team seven points.
The last event for USC on the day was the women's long jump and Margaux Jones took second with a best jump of 20-0.50/6.11m (+1.3). Jones, who placed third last season as a freshman, earned the Trojans eight points today. Also scoring for USC in the long jump were Madisen Richards who placed seventh and earned two points with a best jump of 19-1.25/5.82m (+1.4) and Lyndsey Lopes who took eighth to gain a point with a jump of 19-0.00/5.79m (+1.6).
Tomorrow the action begins at 12:45 p.m. with the men's discus throw and the meet will be carried live on the Pac-12 Network from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.